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Temple pro day: Haason Reddick rising; Dion Dawkins flexible

Temple pro day: Haason Reddick rising; Dion Dawkins flexible

NFL scouts and coaches from every team in the league flooded into Temple's indoor practice facility for the Owls' pro day on Wednesday.

Temple had 14 participants in its pro day, but nearly everyone's attention was focused on Haason Reddick. The versatile defensive end, who projects as a linebacker at the next level, has watched his stock has ascend over the past couple months.

Reddick, who was projected to be a mid-round pick a few months back, is now projected to go in the first round after his performances at the Senior Bowl and the NFL
Scouting Combine.

At the combine, Reddick ran a 4.52 40-yard dash and leaped 11'1" in the long jump, which both ranked first out of defensive linemen.

Reddick didn't participate in the 40-yard dash at Temple's pro day, but he did participate in individual drills with the group of linebackers. The former walk-on looked comfortable and smooth dropping back into coverage during drills.

Cincinnati Bengals linebackers coach Jim Haslett was running the drills, and seemed to really have an eye on Reddick's skillset. The Bengals, who own the No. 9 overall pick in the draft, need a linebacker. A recent CBS Sports mock draft has Reddick being selected by the Bengals at ninth overall.

Reddick said teams like him at both outside and inside linebacker. He added that playing outside linebacker in a 3-4 system is what feels most natural to him after playing the edge at Temple.

"I just wanted to show what I could do from a position standpoint," Reddick said. "As far as at the combine, I believe with the testing of the 40, the broad and stuff I showed that I'm very explosive.

"I wanted to come here and show the coaches what they haven't seen that much on film."

Matakevich has high praise for Reddick
Former Temple and current Steelers linebacker, Tyler Matakevich, stopped by his alma mater's pro day on Wednesday.

After one year in the NFL with the Steelers, Matakevich sees similarities in Reddick's game with his teammate, Ryan Shazier.

"Absolutely," Matakevich said. "Shazier, he's unbelievable, he's special. I watch film with him every day and I talk to him, and some of the stuff he's able to do on the field you sort of just scratch your head. You're like, 'How did you just do that?' He's smooth, he withers his way through the holes, it's incredible. I think that's what Haason is going to do. He's just going to make plays whatever you do. His athletic ability is just unbelievable and that's what makes him so special and makes him able to do all of these ridiculous things."

Dawkins willing to play anywhere on the line
Dion Dawkins started at left tackle for Temple the past two seasons after battling injuries during his sophomore year.

However, he was listed as a guard at the Senior Bowl and the combine.

Dawkins said it's still unclear where he'll play in the NFL, but he's willing to play at any position on the offensive line.

"Teams see me as a right tackle, some see me as a left, some might see me as a left guard, so it's way up in the air," Dawkins said. "So I'm just taking it as I'm an athlete and I'll fit in the right spot where I'm supposed to fit."

Thomas offers versatility
Jahad Thomas was Temple's deadliest weapon on offense last season. He could line up as the feature back, catch passes out of the backfield and the slot and return kicks.

Thomas said at the combine many teams compared his style of play to dual-threat running backs James White, Darren Sproles and Tyreek Hill.

But one of the criticisms Thomas has faced entering the draft is his size at 5-foot-10, 190 pounds, especially with a 4.62 40-yard dash time at the combine. 

Thomas said he plans on continuing to train and add some size leading up to the draft in April.

Deja-vu for Walker
Quarterback Phillip Walker, a two-star recruit out of Elizabeth, New Jersey, who was overlooked in high school, faces a very similar situation entering the NFL draft. After not getting a combine or Senior Bowl invite, Walker had an opportunity to showcase his arm to the scouts and coaches on Wednesday.

"That's when you rise to the top," Walker said. "I just go out there and compete at a high level, and you know I'm not afraid to go out there and compete," Walker said.

Walker has the arm strength, but his decision-making has always been an issue. Leading up to the pro day, he worked with Jenkins Elite, a football player development establishment in Colorado. He said they worked on a scripted pro day workout in order to prepare for Wednesday.

Walker tossed some nice deep balls, but also overthrew some targets. He said he plans on working with his former receivers Keith Kirkwood and Ventell Bryant leading up to the draft.

NFL scouts, coaches like Martin-Oguike's explosiveness
Praise Martin-Oguike made a name for himself in the trenches on Temple's defensive line last season, recording 7½ sacks, 10 tackles for loss and forcing three fumbles.

But Martin-Oguike said teams at the next level really liked his movement in coverage at the linebacker position.

"They said I looked good with the change of direction stuff, so I'm able to play linebacker," Martin-Oguike said. "I have the quickness and I'm explosive enough to play it, so they felt good about that.

"Some teams see me as a rush end, but most teams want me as a rush linebacker or a MIKE linebacker."

Deloatch drawing interest on both sides of the ball
Last year, Romond Deloatch played defensive end and tight end for Temple. He finished the year with 18 catches for 242 yards and a touchdown on offense, while racking up four sacks and seven tackles for a loss on defense.

Deloatch said teams like his experience on both sides of the ball. He added he doesn't have a preference of what side of the ball he's playing on, he just wants to help his team win like he did at Temple.

Williams thinks last year's draft class helped future classes
Last season, Temple players Robby Anderson and Kyle Friend signed on to practice squads and ended up making the team

Avery Williams believes this sends a message to the NFL about the kids coming out of Temple.

"A lot of people overlook Temple University, but what we do to the people who overlook us, we just punch them in the mouth and they can't deny it," Williams said.

Temple put back on its heels in AAC tourney ouster

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Temple put back on its heels in AAC tourney ouster


ORLANDO, Fla. -- No. 11 Wichita State has advanced to the semifinals of American Athletic Conference tournament.


Landry Shamet scored 24 points, Rashard Kelly had 16 and the Shockers held off pesky Temple for an 89-81 victory on Friday night.

Wichita State (25-6) also got a strong performance from its reserves, including 13 points from Austin Reaves. Next up is the winner of the Houston-Central Florida game.

The Shockers won two of three against the Owls this season, and the outcome was in doubt every time.

"We certainly do bring out the best in them," Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall said. "The bottom line is that they make a lot of shots against us, but we usually do get great contributions from our bench. We go 10 or 11 deep and that's a good thing."

Wichita State led 78-75 with 2:23 left and closed it out with 11 foul shots.

Temple stayed close with its perimeter shooting. The Owls went 11 of 24 from 3-pointg range and shot 50.9 percent from the field overall.

Quinton Rose led Temple (17-15) with 25 points. Shizz Alston and Josh Brown each had 15 points for the Owls, who didn't have enough depth to keep pace with Wichita State in the final minutes.

"I loved our fight, I loved how we were hanging with them each and every moment," Temple coach Fran Dunphy said. "I think late we just needed another basket, another stop, but they're a really good basketball team. They made some veteran plays at the right time."

The Shockers were clinging to a 63-61 lead with eight minutes to play when Reaves, fellow reserve Markis McDuffie and Kelly powered a key 13-3 run. The three combined for 11 points in the surge and helped cool off Rose while leading Wichita State to a 76-64 advantage with just over four minutes remaining.

Shaquille Morris made two foul shots to put the Shockers up 55-45 early in the second half, but the Owls rallied behind Rose. The sophomore guard scored 12 of his team's next 14 points to cut the deficit to 61-59 with 9:10 left.

"Quinton did a great job in that stretch and got us where we needed to be," Dunphy said. "But again, we needed a little better effort at the defensive end and just be a little smarter."

Big picture
Temple: The Owls had some nice early season wins -- Wisconsin, Clemson, Auburn, South Carolina -- but need to take the next step in the conference season. The Owls were only 8-10 in AAC play.

Wichita State: The Shockers are aching for a rematch with top-seeded Cincinnati, but first they'll have to get past the winner of the Houston-UCF game and they've struggled with both. Houston handed Wichita State its worst loss of the season, and UCF took the Shockers to overtime before losing in the second-to-last game of the regular season. Wichita State will need another good night from its reserves to reach the finals.

Temple narrowly avoids disaster

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Temple narrowly avoids disaster


ORLANDO, Fla. -- Shizz Alston Jr. hit three free throws in the final minute and Temple avoided being upset by a lower seed in the first round of the American Athletic Conference Tournament for the second year in a row, holding off Tulane 82-77 Thursday night.

Temple, the No. 7 seed, advances to face second-seeded Wichita State on Friday in the tourney quarterfinals.

Last year the eighth-seeded Owls were upset by No. 9 seed ECU.

Nate Pierre-Louis made a free throw with 1:01 left to give Temple a 77-71 lead, but the 10th-seeded Green Wave roared back behind two Cameron Reynolds 3-pointers sandwiched around an Alston free throw to make it 78-77 with :37 remaining. Alston was fouled with :16 left and hit both free throws to make it 80-77, and Caleb Daniels missed a 3 with :05 left that would have tied the game. Josh Brown added two free throws with a second left to set the final score.

Obi Enechionyia led the Owls (17-14) with 19 points. Alston added 17 points and dished eight assists and Brown added 15 points, six boards, three assists and two steals.

Reynolds hit 3 of 7 from distance and paced Tulane (14-17) with 22 points. Melvin Frazier added 15 points and Samir Sehic and Ray Ona Embo added 11 and 10 points, respectively.